Joan Walsh at Salon has an interesting blog post lambasting Liz Cheney’s appearance on the Larry King Show tonight. She throws a fit over Cheney “defending” Birthers on Larry King’s show and acts like this is the biggest political suicide ever. For those who are not aware of what a “birther” is, this is the Conservative equivalent to the “truthers” on the left who claim they just want the truth about 9/11, but really just want to subtly blame George Bush for blowing up the Trade Center. Birther’s believe that Obama is not qualified to be President of the United States because he was actually born in Kenya or Indonesia or in Hawaii before it was a state, or any variety of conspiracies that invalidate the Obama’s eligibility to be President. They claim that since Obama never has provided a Certificate of Live Birth issued by the State of Hawaii, that this proves he is hiding his true birth place. Personally I don’t think that, but I do think there is something on the COB that he wants to hide, like he is Muslim or something.

When asked about these Birthers and given the chance to distance herself from them Cheney demurred, claiming some lame excuse that Americans don’t feel comfortable with a President who won’t defend them overseas. I think this is a rather flimsy dodge of the question. Liz should either man up and say “yeah, well, he never has produced that COB and we’re just asking questions here” like Rosie O’Donnell likes to do, or totally denounce the Birthers as a fringe group. You can’t take the middle way with this kind of stuff, you are either a believer or not, if you try to demure you’ll just lambasted by the likes of Joan Walsh. So, the question is, does this end Cheney’s political ambitions before she gets started? She’s been a pretty smart voice for Conservatism, but once you are branded a whack job (rightly so or not) it’s hard to recover from that, just ask Ron Paul or Dennis Kucinich.

Here is a video of the birther interrupting Rep. Mike Castle demanding to know the truth: